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Comparison of round smooth and shaped micro-textured implants in terms of quality of life and aesthetic outcomes in women undergoing breast reconstruction: a single-centre prospective study


Breast cancer (BC) is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year and having caused 627,000 deaths in 2018. In Italy, BC represents the first cancer diagnosis with 53,000 new cases in 2019 and the first cause of mortality for cancer among the female population. Breast implants represent the first reconstructive choice after mastectomy: in Italy, 411,000 prostheses have been implanted since 2010 and more than 95% of them are macro-texturized. The attempt to reduce complications such as capsular contracture, rotation and rupture of the prosthesis and the most recent BIA-ALCL association with macro-texturized implants have led to the development of new materials and the refinement of implants’ coating techniques. We carried out a 1-year prospective single-centre study to evaluate patient-reported quality of life (QoL) and aesthetic outcomes after breast reconstructive surgery using two different prostheses: shaped micro-textured implants and round smooth implants. We treated 62 patients with radical or conservative mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery performed with 44 shaped implants and 48 round implants. Quality of life evaluated through the Breast-Q®-questionnaire showed high scores of psycho-social well being in both groups, as well as pre- and post-operative aesthetic satisfaction and physical well being. Round smooth implants appear to be better in terms of softness, volume and less association with rippling, whereas shaped micro-textured implants prove to be better in the profile delineation. This study confirms the potentialities of both shaped micro-textured and round smooth implants in reconstructive surgery.

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Buonomo, O.C., Morando, L., Materazzo, M. et al. Comparison of round smooth and shaped micro-textured implants in terms of quality of life and aesthetic outcomes in women undergoing breast reconstruction: a single-centre prospective study. Updates Surg (2020).

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  • Breast implants
  • Aesthetical outcome
  • Quality of life
  • Breast cancer